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The Oval Room Restaurant Review: This power place with modern canvases illuminating the walls is quite near to the real Oval Room at the White House. The contemporary cuisine has included such dishes as white asparagus soup, a creamy-white liquid, getting texture and color from snips of herbs, a stream of green herbed oil, and pickled shallots. At lunch, the line-up is slightly less formal, offering entrée salads, a few sandwich options and pastas, like chestnut ravioli with a truffle sauce. Dinner courses are more substantial and complex, where such fare as a caramelized beef strip loin or a crispy duck with pistachios might take top billing. (Note: John Melfi is now the executive chef.) Be sure to ask the sommelier to recommend the appropriate wine for any meal. Oh, and don’t forget dessert. Who can pass up the devil’s food cake with pralines and a dark chocolate mousse?